Terrorism

Islamic State’s Incursion into North Africa and Sahel: A Threat to al-Qaeda?

Crone, Manni. "Islamic State’s Incursion into North Africa and Sahel: A Threat to al-Qaeda?" Connections: The Quarterly Journal 16, no. 1 (2017): 63-76.

Introduction

At the present time, the attention of the world’s media is focused sharply on Islamic State’s (IS) activities in Iraq and Syria, where IS has come under increasing pressure. A broad coalition of countries is at present attempting to combat IS in Iraq and Syria, and more specifically in the towns of Mosul and Raqqa. However, IS has not only established a presence in these countries.

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Islamic State in Yemen – A Rival to al-Qaeda?

Clausen, Maria-Louise. "Islamic State in Yemen – A Rival to al-Qaeda?" Connections: The Quarterly Journal 16, no. 1 (2017): 50-62.

Introduction

In Yemen, most people know of a hadith where the prophet Mohammed is said to have proclaimed that faith and wisdom are Yemeni. Now this hadith is used to call attention to the lack of wisdom displayed by current political leaders, who are described as egotistical and power-hungry.

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Heirs of Abu Bakr: On the Ideology and Conception of History in al-Qaeda and Islamic State

Skovgaard-Petersen, Jakob. "Heirs of Abu Bakr: On the Ideology and Conception of History in al-Qaeda and Islamic State." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 16, no. 1 (2017): 25-36.

 

Introduction

Did the Caliphate cease to exist in 1924, or was it dissolved after the Mongolian invasion of Bagdad in 1258? Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda (AQ) believed in the first claim, whereas Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and IS seem to consider the second contention to be true.

The Mole and the Mallet: Islamic State and al-Qaeda in the ‘Thirty Years' War’ in the Middle East

Andersen, Lars Erslev. "The Mole and the Mallet: Islamic State and al-Qaeda in the ‘Thirty Years' War’ in the Middle East." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 16, no. 1 (2017): 7-24.

Introduction

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen has an arcade game named ‘Whack-A-Mole.’ The game involves competing about who can hit most moles with a mallet in the shortest period of time. You cannot win against the moles, as they keep popping up from their holes, but you can hit most moles in the shortest period of time.

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